Find answers to frequently asked questions on how to download, install, setup, and upgrade of Adobe XD on macOS and Windows.
Adobe XD is a UI/UX design and collaboration tool to create and share designs for websites, mobile apps, and other user experiences.
Adobe XD is for professional UI/UX designers creating designs and prototypes, as well as anyone learning UI/UX design for the first time. XD is powerful, yet easy to use, making it suitable for designers of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Adobe XD offers different paid plan options depending on your needs. XD is included as part of any Creative Cloud All Apps subscription at no additional cost. You can also subscribe to the XD Single App plan.
A free version of Adobe XD – the XD Starter plan – is available for individuals getting started with UI/UX design. Visit the XD Starter plan page to learn more.
You can visit the Pricing page for more details about the different plan options.
The free Starter plan allows anyone to download and use XD for personal use, including all design and prototyping features. Paid plans are for professional use where unlimited sharing and collaboration are required, so full access to these premium features is included.
If you are a Creative Cloud for teams or Creative Cloud for enterprise subscriber and you do not have access to the Creative Cloud desktop app, contact your IT Administrator to obtain access to XD through the Creative Cloud Packager.
Some great getting started content has been included right inside Adobe XD - from the product home screen, you can select from:
You can connect with other designers using Adobe XD on our forums to share your experience and get further hints and tips.
With the help of the Adobe XD mobile app, you can preview your designs and prototypes on iOS and Android devices. You can connect multiple devices to USB ports on the computer running Adobe XD. You can change your designs and prototypes, and preview the changes in real time on all the connected devices. For detailed steps, see Adobe XD on mobile FAQ.
Adobe XD is supported on the following operating systems:
Adobe XD is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.
You can bring in existing design work from either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. Copy from Illustrator and paste into XD to continue working with vector-based content. Copy from Photoshop and paste into XD as a bitmap. You can also export XD files into After Effects through the File > Export > After Effects option.
You can also copy from any other tool that places SVG content on the clipboard and paste that content into XD, in addition to importing JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and SVG content through the File > Import option.
All identity types (Adobe ID, Enterprise ID, and Federated ID) are supported with Adobe XD and Publish Services. It is possible that an enterprise user could have an Adobe ID and Enterprise ID or Adobe ID and Federated ID associated to the same email address.
Within XD, on Mac, click XD > About XD. On Windows, click Help > About XD. You can see the word Starter next to the version.
You should either:
When you cancel, you automatically move to the Starter plan. You will still have access to Adobe XD, your shared links, and documents.
For more information on what’s included in the Starter Plan, see Compare plans.
If you are a Creative Cloud for teams or Creative Cloud for enterprise end user and you do not have access to the Creative Cloud desktop app, contact your IT Administrator to obtain access to XD through the Creative Cloud Packager.
If you, your team, or your enterprise does not have a paid plan that includes Adobe XD, then you can still get XD for free as part of the Starter plan via the Creative Cloud Packager.
Enterprise customers in Commercial, Government, and Education have access to the Starter plan. To download Adobe XD, customers must use named licensing deployment. Adobe XD supports all three identity types (Adobe ID, Enterprise ID, and Federated ID). You can download Adobe XD from the Creative Cloud desktop app. If you do not have access to the Creative Cloud desktop app, contact your IT Administrator to obtain access to Adobe XD.
Windows 10 Creators Update (64-bit) represents the future of the Windows platform, opening up opportunities for Adobe XD to use the latest touch-enabled hardware, deliver the highest performance possible, and be available to the next generation of Windows-based devices.
Pen and touch features are supported in the Property Inspector, the left toolbar menu and in the application’s frame at this point. The center canvas cannot be handled with touch yet; you will need a mouse and keyboard to create designs and wire prototypes on the canvas.
Currently, IT administrators cannot deploy Adobe XD for Windows and get regular updates using the Creative Cloud Packager tool.
Yes, you can share documents across platforms.
Yes, you can save your documents as Cloud Documents and open these projects using the mobile version of Adobe XD.
Native Windows 10 applications such as XD save your files automatically in the background. In case you closed a document without saving it, you can always resume your work by going to File > Open Recent, and choose the file from the list.
Adobe XD requires a modern GPU with the latest drivers installed. If you’re seeing large chunks of shifted pixels in your artboards, you should update your drivers to the latest versions to ensure the best experience with XD. Many hardware vendors do not update their drivers for older GPUs. For more information on whether your drivers are compatible, see the System Requirements.
There are specific rendering issues with two older drivers for which there are no available updates from the vendor - Intel 126.96.36.19997 and Intel 188.8.131.5202.
When using many resource-demanding apps simultaneously on your system, Windows 10 might choose to close some of its native apps running in the background to optimize its performance. In such situations, Adobe XD saves your file automatically and you can resume your work by going to File > Open Recent, and choose the file from the list.
Yes, you can share your prototypes.
Files are saved locally with the file extension .xd. Cloud documents are not saved to your local file system, but are in the .xdc document format.
You can export any object as PNG or SVG and import them into Photoshop and Illustrator. Illustrator brings in SVG as editable vectors. Photoshop brings in the content as a flat bitmap.
Adobe XD currently supports the following formats for import: Text, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, SVG, BMP, PSD, AI, SKETCH. If you try to drag an unsupported format onto the canvas, the file is ignored.
Adobe XD should be able to import SVG from any source. If you are unable to import an SVG file, the file may be too large or contains properties that are not supported by Adobe XD. For more information, see this article.
Your export may not have completed for several reasons.
If you run into a different case where export failed, report the issue in our forums.
This is a secure feature that requires you to log in with the same Adobe ID that is used to send the private link. The link cannot be accessed unless the recipient has your Adobe ID and password.
In XD, you can publish a prototype or design spec to share with others for gathering feedback or handing off to developers. Publishing a prototype or design spec creates a link. If you are on the Starter plan, you can only have one active shared link at any time. You can always update a link. To publish more links, upgrade to a paid plan or manage your links.
The Publish Services feature of XD requires a Creative Cloud login. This login ensures that your account allows the use of storage and services. If you have logged in successfully and are still seeing an error, you may have run into one of the scenarios described in this article.
Reconfirm that the links are deleted. If the links are deleted, try closing and reopening Adobe XD.
Try closing and reopening Adobe XD.
After sharing your prototype the first time, any subsequent update will offer you two options: Update Link or New Link. Choose New Link to create a new link to your shared prototype. To update the prototype at the previous link, choose Update Link.
In some scenarios, the previous link is not updated and a new link is generated. These scenarios include:
Sharing prototypes and design specs in Adobe XD relies upon access to Creative Cloud services. To share prototypes and design specs, XD Publish Services within the Admin Console must be enabled by IT administrators. To learn more, see Enable/disable services for a product profile.
Adobe XD does not support offline deployment with a Creative Cloud for enterprise serial number. Customers must use named licensing deployment to access Adobe XD. All three identity types are supported (Adobe ID, Enterprise ID, and Federated ID).
Adobe XD now allows designers to share prototypes and design specs via a private link only viewable by invite. In order for your users to share and view these assets, it is recommended to set up user’s identities through the Adobe User Management System, so reviewers do not have to create a new Creative Cloud account when invited (if they do not already have an account). Link your organization’s enterprise directory system using the Adobe User Sync Tool or another user management tool.
Learn more about the User Sync Tool.
Learn more about sharing and reviewing prototypes and design specs via a private link.
Creative Cloud memberships purchased with redemption codes, Creative Cloud for education plans, and plans purchased from Kivuto may not include access to certain features. Check with your institution's IT administrator to understand what products and services are available to you.